Daytona - Theatre Royal Haymarket

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Theatre Royal Haymarket

Theatre Royal Haymarket
8 Haymarket

Seating Plan


(5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.


The Theatre Royal Haymarket is the home of Daytona, Oliver Cotton’s drama about a couple facing a moral dilemma thanks to an unexpected guest, which originally appeared at the Park Theatre last year. The production gains its West End transfer with its original cast intact as Harry Shearer returns to the project alongside Maureen Lipman and Cotton himself.

The production is directed by David Grindlay, who recently directed a tour of Pygmalion and The American Plan at the St James Theatre, and he will be hoping to land a big success with the production as it follows up the high profile Fatal Attraction with Natasha McElhone.

Set in New York, 1968, Daytona introduces us to a couple whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn as a family member appears out of nowhere with an important story. Joe and Elli are in love and they have a mutual obsession with ballroom dancing to even things out against their constant bickering. In the show we meet them as they are rehearsing for a big competition and the interruption by Joe’s brother, whom he has not seen for some time, is going to be something that they remember.

Performers Harry Shearer and Maureen Lipman are known to audiences worldwide, with Shearer best known for voicing a range of characters – from Reverent Lovejoy to Principal Skinner - in the long-running series The Simpsons. Beyond that he has appeared in movies like This Is Spinal Tap, The Truman Show, Godzilla (1998) and, of course, The Simpsons Movie. Daytona is his West End debut, though he has appeared on stages around the world, including appearances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Meanwhile, Maureen Lipman has appeared in everything from Educating Rita to The Pianist, as well as television shows like Sensitive Skin and Ladies Of Letters. For the stage, her credits include A Little Night Music at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Oklahoma! at the National Theatre, among others.

Following on from the mentioned Fatal Attraction, which closes in late June, Daytona opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on Monday 7th July 2014 (with previews from Saturday 28th June 2014). 

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 22nd August 2014
Booking Until: Saturday, 23rd August 2014
Show Status: production_closed
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